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Photo courtesy of Louisiana-Lafayette Athletics
Offensive Player of the Week
Terrance Broadway (Louisiana-Lafayette, So., QB)
Broadway compiled a career-high 460 yards of total offense and five touchdowns to snap a two-game losing streak with Louisiana-Lafayette’s 40-24 win over ULM. He completed 23-of-32 passes for 373 yards and a career-high four touchdowns in the win while also rushing for a game-high 87 yards on 14 carries with a touchdown. Broadway engineered six scoring drives of 75 yards or more, including a monstrous 17 play, 99 yard effort that covered 9:33.
Defensive Player of the Week
Jordan Hunt (FIU, Sr., LB)
Hunt recorded a team-high 11 tackles in FIU's 28-20 win on the road over South Alabama on Saturday. Including nine solo tackles, Hunt recorded one forced fumble, two pass breakups, one quarterback hurry and one interception. Hunt was outstanding in the fourth quarter vs. the Jaguars with the game on-the-line and FIU clinging to its one touchdown lead. Following an FIU three-and-out, USA drove the ball back into the Panthers side of the field on one play. On the second play of the drive, Hunt forced a fumble on USA running back Demetre Baker at the FIU 48 with 11 minutes left, allowing the Panthers to recover on their own 38-yard-line. On USA's next drive, they pushed all the way down to the FIU eight-yard-line. Hunt stopped running back Kendall Houston for a two-yard game on second down, and a critical pass breakup on quarterback Ross Metheny on third down from the six. USA would miss the field goal attempt. On USA's final drive Hunt intercepted Metheny at midfield, ending the Jaguars' final threat.
Special Teams Player of the Week
Reggie Whatley (Middle Tennessee, r-So., KR)
Reggie Whatley’s play against WKU was one of the main reasons MT picked up its sixth win on Thursday. The redshirt sophomore set a school-record in kick return yards with 222, smashing the previous best set by Damon Nickson against Louisville in 2006. Whatley’s 96-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter proved to be the gamewinner as the Blue Raiders reached bowl eligibility for the third time in four seasons. As a defensive specialist, Whatley pounced on a fumble in the fourth quarter that led to a Blue Raider field goal. The redshirt sophomore averages 31.9 yards per kick return in nine games played this season.